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N100 Media Serving Efficiency with Quick Sync

In my quest to optimize media serving capabilities, one feature that stood out for testing was Quick Sync, particularly its hardware acceleration potential. I embarked on a comparison between Jellyfin and Emby, evaluating the efficacy of Quick Sync and its impact on system performance.

Utilizing a sample of media encoded at 2160p via x265, I conducted several tests, the results of which are presented in the accompanying charts. Without Quick Sync enabled, the CPU resources of the system were pushed to their limits. (100%) Although the media playback was possible, any attempt to fast forward resulted in choppy performance.

However, upon enabling Quick Sync, a significant reduction in CPU usage was observed, plummeting to approximately 17% compared to the previous 100%. This transformative change translated into seamless media playback, enabling fluid fast-forwarding and skipping without any hiccups. Remarkably, even while serving 4K media, the device demonstrated remarkable efficiency, consuming a mere 14 watts with Quick Sync enabled.

In conclusion, the incorporation of Quick Sync has elevated the performance of this device to new heights, promising to deliver an exceptional media server experience. Looking ahead, I anticipate further enhancements by augmenting the device with a multi-terabyte SSD, once a favorable deal presents itself. Suffice it to say, this device has surpassed all expectations, laying the foundation for an unmatched media server solution.

Emby Quick Sync
Emby Quick Sync performance graph

Jellyfin Quick Sync
Jellyfin Quick Sync performance graph


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